The JBJ Soul Kitchen: A Restaurant With a Heart

first_imgJon and Dorothea Bon Jovi were in Red Bank on Wednesday for the grand opening of their restaurant, JBJ Soul Kitchen. The community restaurant at 207 Monmouth S. serves tasty and delicious meals to all who walk in the door with the stipulation that those who can pay, leave a donation to support the restaurant. Those who can’t pay are asked to volunteer a few hours of their time in exchange for their meal. In the photo above, (L to R) Former Red Bank Mayor Edward McKenna, Mayor Pasquale Menna, Eugene Cheslock, M.D. and Board member Mimi Box surround Jon Bon Jovi at the podium. Read more about JBJ Soul Kitchen in the upcoming issue of The Two River Times!last_img read more

Red Bank Regional Looking to Community for Alumni Nominees

first_imgLITTLE SILVER – The Red Bank Regional High School, through its education foundation, has observed a warm tradition for the past 10 years of honoring its most distinguished alumni.The honor includes an invitation to visit the high school where they tour the facility with our principal and meet the faculty and students. The tour culminates in a special reception for the honorees when students celebrate their lives in prose composed from submitted biographies.A special luncheon also will be held in their honor. Diners and their guests will be serenaded by the VPA instrumental student majors.The 20012-2013 school year’s program will take place on Friday, April 26.Nearly 100 individuals already have received the honor including, successful business men and women, philanthropic community members, long-standing public servants, community leaders, exceptional Red Bank Regional educators and tireless volunteers. Their names are inscribed on a plaque hanging near the school’s entrance for posterity.The nomination for the honor has come to school officials primarily by word-of-mouth through networking among foundation committee members.School officials are hoping that members of the community may know of someone truly worthy of the honor and may choose to nominate that person for distinguished alumni consideration.The criteria for submission is that the nominee graduated from Red Bank Regional High School (RBR) at least 15 years ago or from its predecessor, Red Bank High School, which was located at the current Red Bank Middle School property. Nominees should be role models to young people and have distinguished themselves in their careers (making some unique contribution) and served the communities in which they live with honor and significant commitment.With a rich history that dates back to 1906 there are potentially many distinguished alumni to honor. Officials hope the public will aid in the endeavor.All nominations should be sent by the Jan. 4 deadline to the special assistant to the superintendent, Debbie Orrigo, by e-mailing dorrigo@rbrhs.org, calling 732-842-8000, Ext. 1240, or writing to the Red Bank Regional School District, 101 Ridge Road, Little Silver NJ 07739, attention of Ms. Orrigo.If possible, please include contact information for the nominee, including address, phone number, and e-mail address.last_img read more

Rumson Surfer Inducted Into NJ Surfers Hall of Fame

first_imgGary Germain will be one of the first inductees to the New Jersey Surfing Hall of Fame on June 6 at the Saltwater Festival in Manasquan. Photo courtesy Gary GermainMANASQUAN – Gary Germain’s passion for surfing began at the age of 8, when his father bought a surfboard kit at a local shop.“I was hooked from that point forward,” said the Rumson resident.Though his father only surfed that first season, Germain found a new hobby that would last him a lifetime. Over the years, he has braved the cold waters of New Jersey’s winters, which he says is the best time to catch a good wave in the Garden State. He traveled the world as a competitive surfer in the 1970s and even modeled swimsuits and wetsuits in Surfer, Eastern Surf and Surfing magazines.“I’ve been to Indonesia, Africa and Europe,” he said. “For the best waves, it’s a toss-up between Bali and South Africa.”Germain, 60, is proud to be among the first group to be inducted into the New Jersey Surfing Hall of Fame, at a ceremony that will take place on June 6 at the Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan.“For me, it’s the honor of my lifetime,” he said. “To be recognized for something that you love is awesome, and the fact that they thought so highly of me really means a lot.”Germain, who has surfed all over the world, has been surfing since he was 8 years old. Courtesy Lou PerezThe inductions will take place during the Saltwater Festival on June 6, an event at the Algonquin that will include a pig roast luau. There will be a cash bar, live entertainment and a DJ celebrating the best of surf music from the 1950s to today. A pop-up museum will display the works of New Jersey-based surf artists, and some special guests are expected to attend. There will also be surfer movies playing on screens during the event.“We want it to be a full audio-video experience,” said Event Coordinator Kris Kopsaftis, who owns NJ Surf Show, a boutique and art gallery in Manasquan and Lavallette. “Surfers are extraordinarily talented and tend to like art and music.”Kopsaftis began surfing in seventh grade, and to this day he finds it a relaxing and spiritual endeavor. “Anyone who ever caught a wave and rode it successfully will tell you it’s like nothing else they’ve ever done,” he said.Germain can vouch for that, but it was also the surfing culture that drew him in. “Surfing has its own lingo, culture, music, heritage and fashion,” he said. “There is no other sport that can say that. And although it’s not a team sport, there is a lot of friendship involved. I’ve met so many great people, I’ve traveled the world and seen a lot of great things. It enriches your life in a lot of ways you would never expect.”The inductees include 16 people who are already in the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame, as well as 18 new members who are all at least 60 years old.“The criteria may change in the future, but this year we wanted to concentrate on the elder statesmen,” Kopsaftis said. “It’s better to get your flowers before you die.”The inductees include competitive and free (noncompetitive) surfers, those 
who are influential in the industry, surf artists and photographers, and those with legend status.“This class represents just a small fraction of the people in New Jersey who should be recognized for their contribution to the sport,” Kopsaftis said.The New Jersey Surfing Hall of Fame is partnering with the Tuckerton Seaport Museum to set up a permanent installation, which will include surfboards, photography and many other visual items.Vince Troniec, 65, of Allenhurst is also in the first round of inductees. Troniec started competing at an early age, and by 17, he was invited to participate in the World Trials in Puerto Rico.“It was really wild,” he said. “I saw all the best people in the world.”Troniec was fortunate enough to make a career out of his hobby. He has worked in sales and owned his own surf shop, and he still gives private lessons. He believes if a person can surf New Jersey’s waves, they can surf anywhere.“The waves break a lot harder here than any other place on the East Coast,” he said. “It’s very challenging and it’s a great place to learn. Surfers from New Jersey are getting a really great reputation worldwide.”Along with Germain and Troniec, the other inductees are Mike “Monk” Monroe, Ron Curcio, Allen Wolf, Carl Tinker West, Chuck Allison, Kim Floriglio, Bob Simon (Bayhead), Regan Quail, Steve Adeskavitz, Ray Hallgreen, Les Reitman, Greg “Grog” Mesanko, Bill Devereaux, Jim “JJ” Jefferey, Jack Homer and Tom Eadon. Each will receive a custom made surf trophy created by a local artist.The Saltwater Festival begins at 5 p.m. June 6 at the Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main St., Manasquan. Tickets are $25. For more information, visit www.njsurfinghalloffame.com.– By Mary Ann Bourbeaulast_img read more

Marine Park Meeting Nov. 9

first_imgBy John Burton RED BANK – All three proposals for Marine Park are out as far as the Parks Recreation Chair is concerned, as well as the criteria set up to evaluate the proposals.Borough Councilwoman Linda Schwabenbauer, who chairs the council’s Parks and Recreation Committee, said she will recommend that the council reject all three proposals submitted for projects at the borough-owned but Super Storm Sandy damaged tennis courts area in Marine Park.Schwabenbauer said she will offer her recommendation at the next regularly scheduled council meeting for Nov. 9.As for the reasoning, Schwabenbauer said, “The thing is, we received so much feedback from the public saying they didn’t want to do Jetsun.“And because of that we really can’t do Jetsun,” she acknowledged.Jetsun Enterprises, a private group of investors, had offered what was the most ambitious, but what became the most controversial and politically-fueled of the three plans submitted to the council’s requests for proposals (RFPs) back in April.That plan called for the construction of an 18-hole miniature golf course, synthetic, year-round ice rink, a food concession stand, a boathouse offering canoe and kayak rentals; there would also be driven golf carts to take patrons to and from off-site parking.The other plans call for rebuilding the tennis courts and operating them independently from the borough, providing the borough with a portion of the proceeds; and a boathouse and catering hall that would offer boat rentals and recreational and educational programs sponsored by the Navesink River Rowing Club and Navesink Maritime Heritage Association.When evaluating the three plans the parks and rec committee relied on quantifiable criteria in making its determination. And by that matrix, the Jetsun proposal was the clear winner, “by a head and shoulders,” Schwabenbauer said. All three councilmembers who served on the parks and rec committee, Schwabenbauer, Edward Zipprich and Kathy Horgan, made the determination to endorse Jetsun. The parks and rec volunteer advisory committee did the same, Schwabenbauer said.Given the parks and rec committee is dismissing the criteria, it was only right it reject all proposals, Schwabenbauer maintained. “You have to throw out the whole process.”In response to Schwabenbauer’s decision, Jetsun Enterprises principal Douglas Boonton said, “Needless to say we are disappointed in the decision as we feel we answered the RFP properly as laid out by the town back in April. All bidders expended a lot of time and resources to ensure their proposals had a positive impact on the community. This will only result in further inaction at the site and ultimately a detriment to the residents and visitors alike.”As it stands there is no plan to reinstitute a request for proposals for the location. “If it was up to me, in the short term anyway, we would clean it up, plant some grass and put in some picnic tables,” Schwabenbauer said.Schwabenbauer had hoped to offer her decision at the Oct. 28 council meeting, but it was canceled due to a lack of a quorum.The borough red clay tennis courts are a favorite for the sport enthusiasts, given it was one of only a couple of public red clay courts in the state. The courts, which date back to 1930, were severely damaged by Super Storm Sandy.The Jetsun proposal faced growing opposition from many who saw it as too expansive and detrimental to a public park.last_img read more

Monmouth County May Get Spotlight in Governor’s Race

first_imgBy John Burton |MONMOUTH COUNTY — The one and only definitive takeaway from New Jersey’s June 6 primary election is that the next governor will be from Monmouth County. But what that says about the county, and may mean as it prepares for possible national media attention, really depends on which political watchers you subscribe.Republican Kim Guadagno, the lieutenant governor who lives in Monmouth Beach, has been selected by voters to square off against Democrat Phil Murphy, former Goldman Sachs executive and Middletown resident, who secured his party’s nomination.This year is something of an off-year election with only two governor’s races—New Jersey and Virginia—and no national legislative elections until the 2018 mid-terms. Given that, the pundits of every stripe among the cable-TV chattering class and columnists will likely look to these races as referendums on President Donald Trump (in both races) and certainly on the now nearly eight-year tenure of Republican Gov. Chris Christie (and Guadagno’s boss) for New Jersey, as well as a possible bellwether for the 2018 campaigns.It also will likely have the effect of drawing some additional attention to Monmouth County, possibly finally establishing the county as a force to be reckoned with on the state’s political radar.“Believe me, they’ll be here in droves,” speaking of the national media, “probably after Labor Day, unless somebody wants to go to the Shore,” said Steven Miller, director of Undergraduate Studies in Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University, predicting an “onslaught” of klieg lights. It could mean the likes of Rachel Maddow or Tucker Carlson or other personalities going for the optics of standing on the beach in Monmouth Beach or driving by the home of Murphy’s neighbor Jon Bon Jovi, as the talking heads detail the attractions of the Central Jersey county. “And they’ll be looking to uncover anything and everything,” on the candidates, Miller said.In the 2009 gubernatorial race here, much was made of it as a referendum on President Barack Obama. Obama even made the trip to New Jersey to stump for then-incumbent Governor Jon Corzine, with the president appearing with the governor at a campaign event at the PNC Art Center, Holmdel. Ultimately, the election was more about the unpopularity of Corzine than about the president or even the support of Christie, Miller maintained.“I think it’s likely to bring national attention,” to the state, concurred Lauren Feldman, associate professor of Journalism at Rutgers. “I think we’ve seen a precedent for that,” Feldman explained, pointing to the upcoming special election in the Georgia congressional district, and other recent special elections in Montana and Delaware, as examples of that attention.“I think this election in particular,” that’ll be true, Feldman continued, “because Chris Christie is and was so visibly connected to Trump…That’s going to be the natural hook.”Phil Murphy on the campaign trail in November.What is interesting about having the two major parties hail from this county is an indication that, in the world of politics, “Monmouth County is becoming increasingly more competitive,” said Ben Dworkin, director of the Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics at Rider University.Monmouth County has – and continues to with the occasional exception – elect and re-elect GOP members to countywide office and for its state legislative contingent, though county voter registration continues to show more registered Democrats than Republicans, with independent and unaffiliated voter registration beating either party numbers.Over the last eight years, However, there have been some demographic shifts in diverse populations that benefit Democratic constituencies, in such places as the redeveloping Asbury Park and in Red Bank, and “The shore towns are really the ones that are going to benefit,” and their Democratic candidates, Miller said.“Monmouth County still has a dominant Republican organization,” Dworkin noted. But unlike other areas of the state, like Morris and Ocean counties, where Democrats put up just token opposition to GOP candidates and don’t hold their breath, and conversely, in Hudson and Essex counties where the same is true of Republicans, “The Democrats are making it more competitive,” Dworkin added. Democrats are being better financed, Dworkin observed, and feeling emboldened. “It doesn’t mean they’re always going to win,” Dworkin said, “but everybody has to work now.”That was the case in 2015 when Democrats pulled off a surprising upset by winning the two Assembly seats for the 11th Legislative District.This year’s gubernatorial election is a race that both Dworkin and Miller explained is not overtly about North Jersey versus South Jersey, given the candidates’ home base.It doesn’t put Monmouth County on the map. “Monmouth County has already been on the map,” said Art Gallagher, Highlands resident and Republican political strategist who publishes “More Monmouth Musings, a conservative political blog. That’s been the case since 2009, when Monmouth and Ocean counties were credited with giving Christie his victory, Gallagher maintained. “Monmouth County is now a battleground, politically, it really is,” he observed. As for any additional recognition or benefit, other than “It’s nice bragging rights for Monmouth County,” he said. “I don’t know if it’ll have a political or real-world impact other than perhaps to create traffic jams with more news vans around the homes of Banker Murphy and Lt. Gov. Guadagno.”Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno on primary night.The end result, Gallagher predicted, is that the county will remain decidedly Republican for the two freeholder seats this year, Legislature races and will go for Guadagno because of the GOP’s governance record.On the other hand, Michael Morris, who publishes the “Middletown Mike” liberal/Democratic leaning political blog, not surprisingly, sees it differently. As a reaction to Trump and two terms of Christie, “I think the base is really fired up,” Morris said. “I’m talking extremely fired up.”Activity among grassroots progressive organizations has been strong and that may lead to some upsets, Morris expected. That includes the 13th Legislative District, a traditionally Republican stronghold, which includes Republican-dominated Middletown, the county’s largest municipality, Morris said. “This is the first time in a long time I can actually say that,” he noted. And he’s saying it in part, because Murphy “is telling people around the state that he’s ‘all in for Monmouth County,’” and “do what it takes to win the county,” said Morris, who is a Middletown Democratic committee member.That takes money, time and resources on the ground, Morris said.Attention from the national media depends on a number of factors: What’s going on in the race in Virginia, a more purplish state compared to traditionally Democratic blue New Jersey, Dworkin said. Another factor for these resources, he also pointed out, will be what’s going on in Washington, D.C., over the summer. And as it stands now, he said, “Those resources are focused on the hearings du jour,” in the halls of Congress.This article was first published in the June 15-June 22, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Leafs get back in series with 5-3 victory over Hawks

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsThe Nelson Leafs finally solved the voodoo curse inflicted on the Green and White by the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Colton Schell’s goal with just over three minutes remaining in the third period sparked the Leafs to a 5-3 victory over the Hawks in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Playoffs action Friday night before 600 plus fans at the NDCC Arena.The victory, the first in six games for Nelson against Beaver Valley, pulls the Leafs to within a game in the best-of-seven Murdoch Division semi final series.Game four is Saturday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena. Game five is Monday in Beaver Valley.“It was pretty exciting for us to get this win,” said a beaming Schell after the game. “Now we’re looking to do it again (Saturday).”Facing a 2-0 hole in the series, the Leafs played their best period of the series to start the game.Gavin Currie, who missed game two, started the scoring for Nelson with his first marker of the series.The Hawks tied the game as Chris Derochie scored on the power play. Beaver Valley took a 2-1 lead with another power play marker in the second, this time by Tyler Collins.Nelson then got the break it needed with Marcus Dahl stripped the puck from Mason Spear deep in the Beaver Valley zone before beating Mike Vlanich for the tying goal.In the third Beaver Valley once again took the lead when Daniel Bishop beat Marcus Beesley in the Nelson nets.But unlike past games the Leafs didn’t fold. Cody Abbey tied the game before Schell and Dustin Johnson into an empty net completed a three-goal run by Nelson.“We had lots of focus in the dressing room and just put bodies in front of (Mike) Vlanich and put pucks on the net,” said Schell when asked what keyed this comeback. Beaver Valley skipper Terry Jones was not pleased with the effort of his team, which he felt was “outworked” by Nelson.“(Nelson) was a desperate team. . .. They wanted it more and that was apparent from the first drop of the puck to the last drop of the puck,” said Jones. “They just sold out and were more physical than us and were full marks for the win.”“We were lucky just to hang in and I’ll be honest this was a real disappointing effort by our guys,” he added.Nelson out shot the Hawks in every period, finishing with a 38-23 margin. Marcus Beesley won his first playoff game this season as the Leaf goalie finally got the better of Vlanich.PLAYOFF NOTES: The game was halted ten minutes into the opening period when a puck that was fired in during a Leaf power play shattered the glass at the north end of the arena. . . .The six-game losing streak against Beaver Valley included four previous regular season games and two playoff games. . . .Marcus Dahl, Dustin Johnson, Colton Schell and Joel Stewart each finished the contest with two points for Nelson. . . . The points for Stewart and Schell were the first of the series for Nelson top two scorers during the regular season. . . .Dallas Calvin had two points for Beaver Valley to give him nine for the series and a tie for top spot in KIJHL scoring with Bruce Silvera of Revelstoke. . . .During the first intermission of the game, two Nelson Figure Skaters, Morgan Sabo and Shaen Panko Dool each skated a routine for the crowd. . . .In Spokane, Jesse Knowler scored at 6:16 of the first overtime period to spark the Castlegar Rebels to a 2-1 win over the Braves. Castlegar leads the best-of-seven series 3-1 with game five set for Sunday in the Sunflower City.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Hits, Whips and Two Smoking Jammers

first_imgCome out and cheer on your favourite derby dames – doors open at 5 p.m., and first whistle blows at 6 p.m. Tickets to this live roller derby event are $10 in advance, or $15 at the door and kids under 12 are just $2. For more information, and to secure your tickets to this event, check out the WKWRDL website at kootenayrollerderby.com Tickets can also be purchased at Phat Angel in Nelson, Mountain High Lighting in Castlegar, West Kootenay Scuba in Salmo, RossVegas in Rossland and at Gerick Cycle & Sport in Trail. The ladies of the West Kootenay Women’s Roller Derby League are back and ready for a full season of action! The off-season was hard on everybody, but the team’s have been working hard, and fans around the west Kootenays can now get their much-anticipated derby fix!The next bout of the 2012 season takes place on April 28 at the Rossland Arena. The bout, entitled “Hits, Whips, and Two Smoking Jammers” is a double-header, with the home team, Rossland’s Gnarlies Angels, taking on Nelson’s Killjoys in the first match-up of the night. The second game has Trail’s Bad News Betties going head to head with Castlegar’s Dam City Rollers in the Bettie’s first regular season game. It will be an adrenalin-filled evening of speedy jamming, bad-ass booty blocking, and of course, all the spills and thrills one can handle. Just what every derby fan hopes for! last_img read more

Former Nelson Leaf concludes junior hockey career with Spokane

first_imgThe McBride, B.C. native also toiled six games for Trail Smoke Eaters.Walchuk played his first two years in Vernon (2009-2011) before earning a scholarship to the University of Northern Michigan for the 2011-12 season. In 2011 Walchuk led the Vernon Vipers of the British Columbia Hockey League in points with 56, including 24 goals and 32 assists.He added another 13 goals and 20 points in 24 playoff games as Vernon finished as a runner-up in the Royal Bank Cup Championship, the Canadian Junior A National Title, one year after winning it.As a 17-year-old in 2009-10, Walchuk had 19 goals and 47 points in 56 games and was a member of the Vipers’ 2010 Royal Bank Cup ChampionshipThe 5-foot, nine-inch speedster returned in December 2011 to the Vipers to play 19 games before signing on with Spokane Chiefs to finish out the season.Walchuk played 70 games for Spokane Chiefs this season collected — 19-39-58 — and eight playoff games collected — 0-3-3. In 117 regular season games with the Vipers Walchuk picked up 44 goals and 65 assists for 109 points. Former Nelson Leafs sniper Dylan Walchuk saw his junior hockey career come to an end Saturday night when the Spokane Chiefs lost 5-0 to the Portland Winterhawks in Game four 4 of the WHL Western Conference Semi-Finals.Walchuk played as a 16-year-old rookie for the Leafs in the 2008-09 season, leading Nelson in playoff scoring — 16 goals, 10 assists for 26 points — to pace the Heritage City franchise to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League title.Walchuk came to the Leafs after being cut from his major midget team.He finished third in Leaf scoring with 29 goals and 36 assists in 49 games.last_img read more

UPDATED: South Okanagan dumps Nelson 7-4 to knock host team out of playoffs

first_imgSouth Okanagan ended the hopes of the host team advancing to the playoff round at the B.C. Hockey Peewee Rep Championships Tuesday night at the NDCC Arena.South Okanagan rode the stellar netminding of Colby Dynneson to score a 7-4 victory over Nelson Leafs Tuesday in round robin action at the NDCC Arena.The loss drops Nelson to a 2-2 record, two points behind Dawson Creek (3-0) and South Okanagan (3-1).Both teams have defeated Nelson in the tournament.Aedan Osika, Carter Anderson, Cody Barnes and Reece Hunt scored for Nelson.Charlie Curiston faced 35 shots and was outstanding between the pipes for the Leafs while Dynneson was equally as strong in the South Okanagan nets.Nelson now meets Whitehorse Wednesday in the team’s final game of the tournament. Puck drop is 8:30 p.m. at the NDCC Arena.On the other side of the tournament, Victoria jumped to a 3-0 record with a 6-2 win over Seafair.Arbutus of Vancouver (2-1) kept pace with Victoria with a 2-1 win over Cranbrook. The East Kootenay squad dropped to a tournament record of 1-2.The top four teams — two from each division — advance to the semi finals Thursday at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.The winners play for the provincial crown Friday at 11 a.m. The bronze medal is set for 8 a.m.Nelson Leafs pull out win over Vanderhoof to keep provincial playoff drive alive The Nelson Leafs managed to remain in the hunt for a playoff spot at the B.C. Hockey Peewee Rep Championships with a narrow 6-5 victory over Vanderhoof Monday.Mike Zarikoff and Cody Barnes each scored twice to lead the Leafs to the thrilling win.The victory, the second in as many games for the host club, keeps Nelson in the race for one of the two playoff spots with a 2-1 record.Dawson Creek and South Okanagan are currently tied for top spot with 2-0 records.Tyler Badger, also with two assists, and Carter Anderson also scored for Nelson. Taylor Harrison added assists while Reid Vulcano chipped in with two helpers.Brody Fillion was in goal for Nelson to register the win.Nelson now meets South Okanagan in key, must-win, matchup Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.”We need to basically win out to have a chance at the playoffs,” said Nelson coach Jeff Hunt.Vanderhoof and Quesnel are 0-2 in the Nelson pool.Nelson concludes the round robin draw Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. against Whitehorse.In the other division, Victoria leads with a 2-0 record after blasting Cranbrook 11-4.Three teams are tied at 1-1 — Seafair, Victoria and Cranbrook.Trail, the other West Kootenay team in the tournament, is winless in two starts.The semi final round of the playoffs, with the top two teams in each division advancing, is set to being Thursday at 5 p.m. with the A pool winner meeting the second-place finishers in the B division.At 8 p.m., the B winner plays the runner up from the A pool.The Championship game is set for 11 a.m. Thursday. The bronze medal game goes at 8 a.m.last_img read more

Hard works pays off as Nelson’s Reece Hunt lands hockey scholarship to Bemidji State University

first_imgThe future looks so bright for Nelson’s Reece Hunt that this elite female hockey player had better zip down to the nearest sunglass outlet to pick up a nice pair of shades.Hunt, who has been burning up the BC Hockey Female Midget AAA Hockey League with the Kootenay Wild this season, recently accepted a full-ride scholarship to NCAA Division I Bemidji State University in Minnesota beginning in 2019-20.“Bemidji is a great school so I was really excited,” Hunt told The Nelson Daily recently.“(Getting a hockey scholarship) has been my goal for some time.”Hunt will have a few more years to refine her skills as the Nelson resident is only in Grade 10.However, this season has been one for the archives for the Nelson Minor Hockey grad.In the fall of 2016, the 5’5” sniper was part of Team BC’s bronze medal squad at the at the National Women’s U18 Championship in Regina.The win tied the best ever finish at the tournament for a Team BC squad.Then it was on to the BC Female Midget AAA Hockey League where Hunt led the Wild in points, putting up impressive numbers to finish tied for second in league scoring with 16 goals and 15 assists in 29 games.However, the capper, ruling out of course the Wild win the BC Female title, would be inking a letter of intent with the Bemidji Beavers Women’s Team.“Bemidj has a great hockey program and good history in men’s and women’s hockey,” Hunt explained.“They have excellent coaches and facilities and also have brought in lots of really good players for next year and the year after.” Hunt said the nice “small town” setting at Bemidj also played into her decision.“People told me that I would know which one was the perfect fit me and this was the one,” she said.Now that the future has been settled, it’s back to the rink for Hunt and Company.The Wild, which have drastically improved this season, advanced in the BC Hockey Female Midget AAA Hockey League playoff last weekend in Trail by sweeping past Vancouver Island Seals 2-0.Hunt scored twice while adding an assist during the 4-1 opening win.She then collected an assist in the series clinching 3-2 win as Kelsey Patterson scored twice for the Wild.“We have a great team of defence, forwards and goalies as well as great coaches so has been a lot of fun,” said Hunt as the Wild now travel to Coquitlam this weekend to face the Greater Vancouver Comets.“I had the opportunity to play a little last year which made the season easier as a rookie.”Hunt said also being part of the Academy in Trail has allow the sister of American Hockey League Springfield Thunderbirds rookie Dryden Hunt and Nelson Leafs captain Sawyer Hunt to improve her skills as she combines education and hockey on a daily schedule.“This has been an awesome year all around and has been a lot of fun.”Once the Female League has concluded, Hunt will once again shoot for a spot on the BC Under 18 Team as tryouts commence in the spring.Best grab a pair of shades en route to the tryouts on Vancouver Island.“I will work hard to try and make the team again,” she said.“Last year as an underage was such a good learning experience so excited for this year if I make the team.”Will that be Oakley, Ray-Ban or Gucci?last_img read more